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DSEI 2017: Navies look to unman ASW

5th September 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London


As western navies continue to struggle to fund large naval projects and overall fleet numbers decline to levels not seen in centuries, both industry and defence planners are looking at ways they could fill growing capability gaps in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) using unmanned assets.

Large surface vessels such as frigates – bristling with underwater sensor technologies – have traditionally took on much of the burden when it comes to protecting task forces against submarine attacks. 

But the decline in western fleet numbers has seen a sub-hunting capability gap steadily open up.

This ASW gap comes at a time when the

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Grant Turnbull


Grant Turnbull

Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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